It’s annoying, uncomfortable, and just plain unpleasant. Itchy skin, or pruritus, is one of the ways our body tells us that something isn’t quite right, but how do we know what that “something” is? And what can we do about it? Here are 11 reasons why you might be suffering
You’ve heard the warnings about the dangers of skin cancer over and over again, and you know the importance of protecting your skin from the sun using sunscreen and clothing, but do you know what skin cancer symptoms to look for? Depending on your medical and family history, you may
Heat rash, prickly heat, miliaria, and summer rash all refer to the same condition—an inflammation of the skin caused by blocked sweat glands. It is uncomfortable and itchy, but can be treated at home and usually goes away within a few days, with or without treatment.
Who’s at Risk?
Heat rash can
Your immune system is like a home security system. When you suffer an injury or infection, it sets off an alarm—what we know as an inflammatory response—by sending immune cells to neutralize viruses, bacteria, and other intruders that breach your outer defenses, thereby protecting healthy cells and tissues from damage.
Actinic keratosis is the most common precancerous skin condition, but in most cases, it’s easily and painlessly treatable.
Lesions from actinic keratosis are referred to as precancerous because they can turn into malignant tumors. Some 40 to 60 percent of all squamous cell carcinomas begin as actinic keratosis, and recent evidence suggests
By now, it should be clear that depression affects everyone differently. This chapter reviews how certain groups of people tend to experience depression and how it can impact different aspects of life.
Depression can drain your energy and sap your concentration. There is good evidence that being unhappy at work can
The other day, my son begged me to play soccer with him in the backyard. More often than not, I have to say “no” to these daily requests because my body won’t let me join in the fun. That day, though, I was feeling pretty good. The daily pain I
For thousands of years, humans have used the aloe vera plant in various ways—as a wound and burn dressing, as an embalming fluid, and as a beauty aid to help keep the skin soft. And in the U.S., the plant, which is thought to have originated in Egypt and the
Well-cared-for feet are a sign of health and beauty. But when toenail fungus appears, having others see your feet can be embarrassing. Why do fungal nail infections appear? Let’s explore the reasons—and then look at a pair of home remedies for toenail fungus that may work.
A fungal nail infection
Gout in foot, instep, and ankle areas is common, affecting up to 8 million Americans today. The condition has been recorded throughout history, affecting many famous people—the most notorious of whom was Henry VIII, renowned for his lavish diet of rich food and copious amounts of alcohol.
What is gout?